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European Council

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 23 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government’s main priorities are for the forthcoming European Council meeting in June. (138510)

The 21-22 June European Council will focus on institutional reform. The Government’s aim, as my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister said on 16 April, is to secure an outcome that allows Europe to work more effectively while preserving our national interest, including our position as a key player in Europe. I set out the Government’s approach to these negotiations in my written ministerial statement on 5 December 2006, Official Report, columns 10-11WS.

The Government want to maintain momentum on delivering the concrete results that citizens expect. So we will also want the European Council to confirm progress on EU action on important, practical challenges, such as tackling climate change, strengthening police co-operation across Europe and improving the efficiency of the single market.